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Capitol Reef National Park is in Stage II Fire Restrictions

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Date: July 2, 2021
Contact: Superintendent, (435) 425-4100

Torrey, UT  – Capitol Reef National Park entered Stage II Fire Restrictions on June 30, 2021. Utah’s hot-dry conditions are prompting agencies to issue fire restrictions as the west experiences extreme and unprecedented drought.

Pursuant to regulations of the Department of Interior, Title 54 USC section 100101 (a) and 36 Code of Federal Regulations, subsections 1.5 Closure and public use limits (a) (1), 2.13 Fires (a) (5) (c), 2.21 Smoking (a), and 2.38 Explosives (b) (c), the following acts are prohibited in the area, roads, and trails described below until rescinded by the Superintendent of Capitol Reef National Park.

  • Setting, building, maintaining, attending, or using open fires of any kind. Stoves fueled by petroleum or liquid propane are allowed.

  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle.

  • The non-commercial use/discharge of explosives of any kind, incendiary or chemical devices, pyrotechnic devices.

The following persons are exempt from the order:

  • All exemptions to the restrictions are obtained through local permits issued by the authorized officer for activities that will not conflict with the purpose of the order (Title 36 CFR subsection 1.6). 

  • Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

Area Description:

  • All Federal Public lands within the boundaries of Capitol Reef National Park.

Violation of the above, prohibited acts is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. With increased public recreation there is a greater potential for human-caused fires and smoke impacts affecting human health.If you choose to get outside, please act responsibly. Visit to learn about wildland fire and safety for park visitors.

Last updated: July 7, 2021

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